VIRGINIA GOP CALLS ON TERRY MCAULIFFE TO ADDRESS RISING CRIME AND FUNDING FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT
Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Rich Anderson today released the following statement on preventing violent crime and ensuring public safety:
“Democrats, including Terry McAuliffe, have supported a litany of efforts that have the effect of defunding Commonwealth law enforcement agencies. With violent crime on the rise, I am calling on Terry McAuliffe to denounce any efforts to ‘defund the police.’”
Homicides in Virginia are at their highest level in 20 years.
- Virginia’s murder rate climbed to its highest level since the late 1990s last year, according to crime statistics released by the Virginia State Police this week. (Source: Homicides in Virginia hit highest levels in two decades, NBC 12, June 7, 2021)
Terry McAuliffe has thrown his support behind “Defund the Police” efforts.
- “All five candidates [including Terry McAuliffe] agreed to support ending qualified immunity for police officers in Virginia.” (Source: Police reform, Amazon deal among key topics as Democratic candidates for governor debate, Roanoke Times, May 6, 2021)
- “I redirected more than $750,000 in federal funding that would have typically gone to things like police equipment to local training and community policing initiatives instead. #VADemDebate” (Source: Twitter, May 6, 2021)